The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is inviting qualified applicants to apply for Big Bend Ranch State Park's Western Portal Superintendent position at Fort Leaton State Historic Site. The successful candidate will oversee all aspects of park operations to include resource management, curation, historic preservation, interpretation, customer service, facility and grounds maintenance, administration, revenue collection, and public safety, among others.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is made up of 4 distinct park units: the Interior District headquartered at the Sauceda Ranger Station; the River District headquartered at the Barton Warnock Visitor Center; Fort Leaton State Historic Site; and the Chinati Mountains State Natural Area. Collectively these units encompass approximately 350,000 acres and are situated along the international border with Mexico in the Rio Grande corridor of far West Texas. Fort Leaton SHS was constructed in 1848 as a fortified trading post on the US/Mexico Border. Today Fort Leaton is Texas' largest adobe structure, with a day use only operation. It showcases living history exhibits, a nature trail, and guided tours. Fort Leaton collects fees, provides information, and orientations for Big Bend Ranch State Park visitors. The Fort Leaton SHS Superintendent also oversees Chinati Mountains State Natural Area.
Big Bend Ranch State Park is Texas' largest State Park and is known for its remote location, rugged terrain, dark skies, and opportunities for solitude in a wilderness setting. The park cateres to the adventurer, backpacker, bike packer, paddler, through -hiker, 4x4 and dual sport enthusiast, and those looking for a more primitive outdoor experience and breathtaking views. The park only offers primitive camping; approximately 200 miles of multi-use trails; world class mountain biking, including an IMBA "Epic" trail; 150+ miles of unpaved roads with approximately 70 that are unmaintained; and over 23 miles of river front access along one of the most scenic drives in the continental United States; The Chihuahuan Desert hosts surprising biodiversity with more than 300 bird species identified in the park. Big Bend Ranch State Park is also a world-class geologic destination that protects more than 100 springs, over 500 archeological sites, historic ranches and ruins. The area is rich in both natural and cultural resources and is not for the faint of heart. The desert is a land of extremes with temperatures fluctuating over 40 degrees in the course of a day.
As Park Superintendent the successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing a diverse set of activities and tasks that occur within Texas State Parks. The Superintendent oversees and supports the work of ~7 full time staff who perform a wide array of mission critical functions and an operating budget of ~$60,000. The park is in a very remote area and shares the park boundary with many neighbors. Due to the remote location, regular coordination and communication with a variety of stakeholders is a major component of the job and relationships with various partners are key. The Park Superintendent will live onsite and respond to after-hours emergencies. Please note, this is a very rugged and remote portion of the state without easy access to many amenities and services. However, for nature, history, and adventure lovers, many of the aforementioned unique opportunities that Big Bend Ranch has to offer can out-weigh the inconveniences. “It’s worth the drive!” For more detailed information please review information regarding benefits, the application process and more about TPWD on our Jobs & Careers page at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs
This is a very remote and rugged part of the State, please research the location prior to applying.
Job Qualifications: Two years experience in (1) natural/cultural resource management; or (2) interpretation or education; or (3) general maintenance; or (4) public safety; or (5) promotions or public relations or marketing; One year experience as a supervisor or team leader.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employees hired prior to January 1, 1998, with no break in service and with a minimum of sixty semester hours earned may substitute two years of TPWD experience in park management, supervision or operations for the required degree.
The ideal candidate will be a well-rounded leader familiar with park operations and administration for a large and complex park, possess a willing, positive attitude and excellent communication skills. The Superintendent should be a champion for the Department’s Mission and should embody the TPWD Core Values. The successful candidate will demonstrate a history of brokering positive outcomes and building strong relationships. A commitment to excellence and staff diversity is a must. Prior experience managing a team in a park or historic site (or similar work unit) is a plus.
For more detailed information please review information regarding the benefits, the application process and more about TPWD on our Jobs and Careers page at: https://tpwd.texas.gov/jobs/
$4,645.30 - $5,145.30.
Applications submitted through preservation directory’s site cannot be considered.
Only work history entered in the “work experience” section of the application will be considered. To receive consideration please include dates of employment for all prior jobs. Part-time, temporary or seasonal experience must reflect the hours per week to receive consideration.
Working Conditions: Required to work hours other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with days off other than Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays; Required to respond to emergency and on call situations; Required to carry a State issued smart phone and be accessible and reachable; Required to advise staff how you or a designee can be reached in your absence; Required to live on-site in State housing with a monthly deduction of $166.95. Housing rate is established by TPWD policy, calculated using federal guidelines, and may change according to market value; Required to travel 20% with possible overnight stays; Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures; Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions; Required to perform manual labor, including lifting supplies and materials up to 50 lbs.; Non-smoking work environment in State buildings and vehicles.
Application Address: TPWD Fort Leaton State Historic Site, PO Box 2349, Presidio, TX 79846